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 Apr 3, 2021
A great source for up to date climate news and data as well as informative dives into climate wrongs of the past.

 Sep 12, 2020
Very well-researched and well-produced podcast on the history and implications of fossil fuels and global warming/climate change. Super interesting "true crime" format!

 Jul 6, 2020
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A true-crime podcast about climate change, hosted and reported by award-winning investigative journalist Amy Westervelt.

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S6 Part 1 | Plastic Pipelines | Ep2: Erasing the Imaginary Line
Diane Wilson couldn't keep Formosa out of her town, but down the coast in Louisiana the community in St. James Parish, led by Sharon Lavigne, is fighting like hell to keep them out.
Jul 23, 2021
S6 Part 1 | Plastic Pipelines | Ep 1: Don't Mess with Texas
This time we're doing something a little different: a season in three parts, all about the gas industry and how it's managed to embed itself into society. First up, Part 1 Plastic Pipelines: A look at how the fracking boom led to a plastics boom, through the story of one petrochemical company operating on the Gulf Coast, and the two women—one in Texas, the other in Louisiana—taking them on.
Jul 16, 2021
Welcome to S6: The Bridge to Nowhere
A new season about the natural gas industry, presented in three parts. Coming soon, Part 1: Pipelines to Plastic about the direct connection between the fracking boom and the plastics boom, told through the story of Formosa Plastics, a company with an environmental record so bad it couldn't get permits in its own country so it searched the globe for a new home, with weaker environmental regulations, and found it in the American South.
Jun 17, 2021
Update: Donziger's Trial in New York
Steven Donziger went to trial for the criminal contempt charge that's kept him on house arrest for 600 days and counting. Paul Paz Y Mino of Amazon Watch brings us an update on the trial
May 27, 2021
Climate Guilt, Brought to You by Big Oil
A new study from Harvard science historians Naomi Oreskes and Geoffrey Supran points to the use of language targeted specifically to downplay the reality of climate change and shift responsibility entirely onto consumers. Geoffrey Supran, the lead author on the study, joins to discuss. Study: https://www.cell.com/one-earth/fulltext/S2590-3322(21)00233-5 Read more: https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/climate-change-exxonmobil-harvard-study-1169682/
May 17, 2021
New Study: The Health Impacts of the Coal-to-Gas Transition
A new study out from Harvard University explores the health impacts of transitioning from coal to other combustible fuels. The findings are important for climate policy, particularly the fact that biomass is a huge contributor to air pollution despite representing only a small percentage of energy generation and that natural gas still contributes significantly to air pollution and its associated health impacts.
May 11, 2021
Rep Ro Khanna on Fossil Fuel Subsidies
It's Earth Day 2021 and the first Congressional hearing of the day is focused on fossil fuel subsidies. Their elimination was written into Biden's infrastructure bill, and House Democrats want to make sure that provision stays in the bill. Today's hearing will detail what those subsidies are, why getting rid of them is critical to climate action, and how the government can pull it off without raising the cost of living for average Americans. Watch the hearing at 10am ET: https://oversight.house.gov/legislation/hearings/on-the-role-of-fossil-fuel-subsidies-in-preventing-action-on-the-climate-crisis
Apr 22, 2021
S5 Update: Latest on Donziger's Case
Steven Donziger, the American attorney we profiled in S5 is scheduled for trial May 10th, but his lawyers have filed another motion to dismiss, alleging vindictive prosecution. Karen Savage joins for an update on this story.
Apr 17, 2021
Corporate Personhood? What About Ecosystem Personhood
We talked about rights of nature a bit in the Ecuador-Chevron season, the Latin American country was the first in the world to integrate the concept of rights of nature in its Constitution. Now the Constitutional Court is reviewing its first rights of nature case. U.S. communities are pursuing the idea as well, and the fossil fuel industry is trying to block rights of nature laws from ever passing. Josh Boaz Pribanic and Melissa Troutman, co-founders of Public Herald join to talk about their new documentary on the rights of nature, Invisible Hand. Check out Invisible Hand: https://www.invisiblehandfilm.com/premiere/
Apr 10, 2021
Infrastructure Week! Build Back Better, THRIVE, and More with Kaniela Ing
The Biden Administration has rolled out its Build Back Better plan and it includes a lot of progressive wishlist items, but the left is still pushing for more scale. The THRIVE Act, reintroduced by Sen Markey and Rep Dingell last month is what they're pushing towards and Peoples Action Climate Justice director Kaniela Ing joins to walk us through the asks, and what he's hearing from folks on the ground. Learn more: https://www.thriveagenda.com/ https://www.markey.senate.gov/news/press-releases/senator-markey-rep-dingell-reintroduce-thrive-resolution-to-build-back-economy-following-coronavirus-pandemic https://peoplesaction.org/
Mar 31, 2021
All Eyes on Weymouth as FERC Signals Interest in Environmental Justice
Local activists and legislators have been fighting the Enbridge natural gas compressor in Weymouth for years. It's too close to residents and businesses, and poses too many health risks to a community that's already borne the burden of too much pollution, they say. The project was approved by FERC in 2019, built and became operational in 2020. Then it had an emergency shutdown. And another. Now FERC is considering the unprecedented move of re-thinking its permit, a decision that could have broad ramifications. Check out Miriam Wasser's ongoing reporting on this at WBUR: https://www.wbur.org/earthwhile/2021/03/19/weymouth-compressor-ferc-precedent-enbridge-natural-gas
Mar 27, 2021
How the Fossil Fuel Industry Is Undermining Free Speech
Fossil fuel-backed anti-protest laws have been passed in 14 states and are making their way through statehouses in several more states, including six different bills in Minnesota, the only state with a big pipeline fight this year: Line 3. Researcher Connor Gibson joins to talk us through how this all started and where it's at. Read more: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/pipeline-protest-laws-coronavirus_n_5e7e7570c5b6256a7a2aab41 https://www.huffpost.com/entry/fossil-fuel-protest_n_602c1ff6c5b6c95056f3f6af https://montanafreepress.org/2021/02/24/increasing-penalties-for-damaging-energy-infrastructure/ https://grassrootbeer.substack.com/p/a-refinery-lobbyist-told-kansas-legislators https://grassrootbeer.substack.com/p/a-refinery-lobbyist-told-kansas-legislators
Mar 20, 2021
Frackalachia and the Great Fracking Jobs Myth
When a report makes oil and gas companies—and the politicians they help elect—this mad, you know the author is on to something. Researcher Sean O'Leary, with the Ohio River Valley Institute, joins us to talk about his new report, which found that the local economic benefit of fracking to communities in the Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia gas corridor was slim to none.
Mar 12, 2021
Presenting: Hot Take — Blood for Oil, with Antonia Juhasz
A special presentation of the podcast Hot Take, featuring investigative journalist Antonia Juhasz on all the many ways oil, war, and climate change intersect. Read more: https://antoniajuhasz.net/article/light-sweet-crude-a-former-us-ambassador-peddles-influence-in-afghanistan/ https://antoniajuhasz.net/article/the-new-war-for-afghanistans-untapped-oil/ https://antoniajuhasz.net/article/why-rex-tillerson-could-be-americas-most-dangerous-secretary-of-state/ Subscribe to the Hot Take newsletter: http://realhottake.substack.com/subscribe
Mar 10, 2021
The API Was Pushing Climate Denial Way Earlier Than Anyone Thought
Stanford researcher Ben Franta joins to talk about a bombshell new discovery: the American Petroleum Institute not only knew about climate change back in the 70s, it started pushing climate denial as early as 1980. Read Ben's article: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/09644016.2020.1863703
Mar 05, 2021
S5 Ep 11 | ¿Ahora Que?
Donziger is still on house arrest and disbarred, the settlement seems impossible to collect, now what? In this episode we look at what this case says about accountability and the power of oil companies, and what options remain for the Ecuadorians seeking justice. Support our work:
Dec 19, 2020
S5 Ep 10 | The Kill Step
Chevron makes good on its promise to fight the Ecuadorian judgement until hell freezes over ... and then fight it out on the ice. Donziger loses his appeal of the RICO judgement, then finds himself facing contempt charges and disbarment.
Dec 11, 2020
S5 Ep9 | The Judge
Corruption charges against both the Ecuadorian judge and the American judge fly as the RICO gets underway. Support our work: patreon.com/Drilled
Dec 04, 2020
S5 Ep 8 | Damages
Chevron's legal team shocks the Ecuadorian plaintiffs with a massive racketeering claim in the U.S. alleging fraud, witness tampering, and even bribery. Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/Drilled
Nov 20, 2020
S5 Ep7 | The Linchpin
Chevron's attorneys go after Joe Berlinger, the filmmaker behind the documentary about the case, Crude. They subpoena his outtakes, kicking off a years-long First Amendment battle. Support our work: https://www.patreon.com/Drilled
Nov 13, 2020
Big Oil's Bad Bet on Plastic
A new report from Carbon Tracker finds that the fossil fuel industry is pinning its hopes on a plastic boom—and try as it might to spur that demand, it's just not materializing. Report author Kingsmill Bond joins us to discuss. Read the full report here: https://carbontracker.org/reports/the-futures-not-in-plastics/
Nov 06, 2020
Update: Donziger Headed to Trial with No Representation
New York District Court Judge Loretta Preska has denied repeated requests to delay Donziger's criminal contempt trial until at least one of his lawyers can be present. Barring any last-minute changes, he'll stand trial Monday, November 9th, after which he could be sent to jail for six months. In this ep, reporter Karen Savage brings us the latest and we hear from attorneys Lauren Regan and Ronald Kuby about what sort of precedent this sets.
Nov 06, 2020
S5 Ep6 | A Verdict and a New Charge
The case takes a bizarre turn with a sting operation, U.S. subpoenas, accusations of fraud and bribery, and finally a verdict in Ecuador.
Oct 30, 2020
S5 Ep5 | The Big Guns
With the Ecuadorian plaintiffs racking up good press and an endorsement from the country's president, Chevron kicks things up a notch, bringing on new lawyers and PR firms to tell a very different story. Support our work: https://www.patreon.com/Drilled
Oct 23, 2020
Special Episode: Generation Green New Deal
In this episode of Generation Green New Deal, Drilled host Amy Westervelt co-hosts with Sam Eilertsen to look at what happened to block climate action in the 90s and and 2000s, why various fossil fuel industry strategies worked at the time, and what makes the youth climate movement's approach different and more effective. Check out Generation Green New Deal wherever you get your pods! https://www.podlink.to/generationgnd
Oct 18, 2020
S5 Ep4 | The Secret Tribunal
In September 2009, Chevron filed an international arbitration claim against the government of Ecuador over the Lago Agrio case. In the years since the company has pointed to the decisions of that arbitral panel as something akin to court decisions, but they're not—arbitral tribunals exist to help companies protect their profits, and are largely conducted in secret. This system has been quietly shaping environmental and climate policy for years. In this episode, expert Marcos Orellana walks us through this shadowy system, this case in particular, and what it all means for global climate action. Support our work: patreon.com/drilled
Oct 16, 2020
S5 Ep3 | The Trial
The trial gets underway in Ecuador, an election changes the calculus, and a global PR war kicks into high gear. Support our work: patreon.com/drilled
Oct 09, 2020
S5 Ep2 | The Colonizers
How did this case come about in the first place? We go back to the early days of oil colonialism in Ecuador, in the 1960s, the partnership between oil men and missionaries, and the impact on indigenous communities in the Amazon. Support our work: patreon.com/drilled Read more: https://www.drillednews.com/
Oct 02, 2020
S5 Ep1 | Lockdown
In August 2019, an American lawyer was put on house arrest as he awaited trial on criminal contempt charges. The charges stem from a decades-long case that began with pollution in the Amazon and has since spanned continents and courtrooms while the victims—indigenous tribes in the Ecuadorian Amazon—continue to seek justice. Welcome to Season 5: La Lucha En La Jungla.
Sep 25, 2020
Climate Podcast Bonanza!
In addition to S5 of Drilled (coming soon!), Critical Frequency is putting out a terrific slate of great climate and environment podcasts this fall. Check out this sampling, then go subscribe so you won't miss them! Inherited: http://podlink.to/inherited Hot Take: http://podlink.to/realhottake Generation Green New Deal: http://podlink.to/generationgnd Hazard: http://podlink.to/hazard No Place Like Home: http://fanlink.to/noplacelikehome
Aug 29, 2020
Big Oil Fighting Divestment + Sneak Preview of S5!
A few weeks ago the Trump administration quietly proposed a rule that would make it harder for financial managers to investment retirement funds in environmentally or socially responsible ways. The fossil fuel industry had been calling for the rule and praised it, noting that the divestment movement has become a serious problem and reduced its access to capital. Journalist David Sirota broke that story and joins us to explain. PLUS: a sneak peek of S5. Check out David's newsletter: https://sirota.substack.com/ Subscribe to Drilled now to get early access to episodes! https://www.patreon.com/Drilled
Aug 22, 2020
That Ohio Utility Corruption Scandal, with Leah Stokes
The FBI arrested Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives, Larry Householder, this month for racketeering, or as the state attorney general put it "bribery, that's what it was." Private utility First Energy bribed Householder and a handful of other state politicians to pass a corporate bailout that kept coal and nuclear plants open and crushed renewables. UC Santa Barbara political science professor Leah Stokes, author of the book Short Circuiting Policy, joins to tell us all about it. Leah's book: https://www.leahstokes.com/book
Aug 01, 2020
California City
What if you were told buying a piece of land in the Mojave Desert could help you be rich one day? That was the dream developers of California City sold to thousands of people. But the reality is much different. California City – the new podcast from LA-ist Studios – chronicles the dark side of the American Dream, where those thousands of people were left with land that is nearly worthless.
Jul 29, 2020
A Proposed Fossil Fuel Ad Ban in The Netherlands
An advocacy group in The Netherlands began campaigning for a ban on fossil fuel ads, including event sponsorships, earlier this year. Campaigner Femke Sleegers joins us to explain the roots of the campaign, its goal, and the initial response to it. More information: https://verbiedfossielereclame.nl/dutch-citizens-initiative-ban-fossil-fuel-advertising/ 
Jul 14, 2020
Pioneering Fracking Company Chesapeake Energy Goes Bust
Despite tax breaks, royalty cuts, and other COVID-related incentives, Chesapeake Energy—a pioneer in the American shale gas (fracking) industry—declared bankruptcy this week. It's the first example of what we expect to be many of the government throwing good money after bad in attempts to use COVID relief funds to shore up companies that were failing long before the pandemic hit. Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/Drilled
Jun 30, 2020
Minnesota and D.C. File Climate Fraud Suits
Two big new suits, in Minnesota and D.C., were filed within 24 hours of each other and allege the same thing: that fossil fuel companies misled consumers about climate change.
Jun 26, 2020
Big Oil's Multi-Billion-Dollar Blind Spot
A new report from Carbon Tracker finds that not only have oil and gas companies not been budgeting for plugging and abandoning wells, they've been grossly underestimating the cost of that work, especially for fracking wells. The COVID-19 pandemic has only highlighted the problem. Report co-authors Rob Schuwerk and Greg Rogers join to talk about the size of the problem, the cost, and who will ultimately pay. Report: https://carbontracker.org/reports/its-closing-time/ Support us: https://www.drillednews.com/support-us
Jun 18, 2020
Yes, It's Still Time to Talk About Climate (from Hot Take)
Amid nationwide Black Lives Matter protests, some climate activists have been saying "now's not the time to talk about climate." In this episode we bring you an encore presentation of the latest Hot Take episode, in which Amy and Mary Annaise Heglar talk about how justice is justice; the idea that climate and racial justice are all the same thing, and can't be separated. To access the full-length episode, and weekly roundups of climate justice and accountability writing, reporting and analysis, please consider becoming a Hot Take premium subscriber: https://realhottake.substack.com/subscribe
Jun 14, 2020
Naomi Klein and How the Shock Doctrine Applies to America Right Now
Naomi Klein's book The Shock Doctrine focused on what she calls "disaster capitalism," the sort of corporate feeding frenzy that happens in the wake of major crises. It was on a research trip for that book, to post-Katrina New Orleans, that she connected her work on human rights and labor to climate. Klein shares that journey here, explains the Green New Deal, and talks about what needs to happen to spur a justice-focused transformation in the U.S. You can find Naomi's many great books here: https://naomiklein.org/books-and-films/ Support us: https://www.drillednews.com/support-us
Jun 07, 2020
What Shell Knew: A Surprising Report from The Netherlands Finds that Shell Was Directly Funding Climate Denial in the 1990s
Reporters Alexander Beunder and Jilles Mast have been combing through 150+ boxes of documents from the personal archive of one of the Netherlands' top climate skeptics during the 1990s, a guy named Fritz Böttcher, and made a shocking discovery: throughout his career Böttcher received direct funding from Royal Dutch Shell. It's part of a large project called the Shell Papers at the Platform for Authentic Journalism, in the Netherlands. Read more: Shell Papers: https://www.ftm.nl/dutch-multinationals-funded-climate-sceptic Shorter summary of Böttcher report: https://desmog.co.uk/2020/05/14/bottcher-shell-funding-european-climate-science-denial
May 29, 2020
No, Climate Action Will Not Be "Just Like Quarantine Only Worse" — Why Letting Go of the Climate Narrative Never Works, a Special Bonus Ep from Hot Take
Last week, The New York Times ran a story on the GOP's favorite new climate narrative: If you think quarantine is bad, just wait til the Dems impose climate action on you. In this special ep from Hot Take, with Mary Annaise Heglar and Amy Westervelt, we look at how that narrative came about, why it's striking a nerve, and how to wrestle the climate story back. Subscribe to Hot Take: https://realhottake.substack.com/subscribe Listen to Hot Take: https://podlink.to/realhottake
May 22, 2020
The Climate Deniers Have Lost Their King, and Still They Soldier On
In April 2020, Fred Singer, longtime king of the climate deniers, died at the age of 95. In this episode, investigative reporter Dan Zegart, author of the book Civil Warriors, about the 1990s tobacco litigation, joins to talk about Singer's place in the history of science denial. Connor Gibson, an investigator with Greenpeace also joins to talk about the climate denial machine Singer built, the legacy he leaves behind, and whether the COVID-19 pandemic may topple science denial and fake free marketeering forever. Singer obituary: https://www.drillednews.com/post/fred-singer-obituary-climate-denier Support our work: https://www.drillednews.com/support-us
May 19, 2020
The U.S. Government Has Been Rubber-Stamping New Oil and Gas Projects—This Lawsuit Hopes to Change That
A lawsuit filed against the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) over a small project in Massachusetts could have big implications. It aims to force FERC to comply with an order the courts gave it back in 2017, and that it's been ignoring ever since: to evaluate the overall emissions and climate change impact of any new energy project. The case has particular relevance right now as FERC has been rapidly approving every project that crosses its desk. Adam Carlesco, the lead attorney for the plaintiffs, joins to walk us through the case. Support our work: https://www.drillednews.com/support-us
May 09, 2020
Old and Wrong: Leah Stokes on the Many Flaws of Michael Moore's Planet of The Humans
Political scientist and environmental policy expert Leah Stokes joins us to discuss the many things the new film Planet of the Humans gets wrong about renewable energy, environmentalists and the fight for climate action. Related stories: https://www.vox.com/2020/4/28/21238597/michael-moore-planet-of-the-humans-climate-change https://www.drillednews.com/post/planet-of-the-ecofascists https://www.drillednews.com/post/is-your-power-company-a-climate-denier Support our work: https://www.drillednews.com/support-us
Apr 29, 2020
Earth Day in Louisiana: A Petro-state Fights Back
On the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and the week of the 10-year anniversary of the BP Deepwater oil spill, we head to Louisiana to talk petrochemicals, petroleum, plastic, fossil fueled philanthropy, and how the pandemic is affecting it all. Fossil-Free Fest: https://www.fossilfreefest.org/fff2020/ Bucket Brigade: https://labucketbrigade.org/ Healthy Gulf: https://www.healthygulf.org/ Support us: https://www.drillednews.com/support-us
Apr 22, 2020
Computer-Aided Destruction: Art, Autodesk, and What Accountability Looks Like for the Tech Industry
French artist Joanie Lemercier has been a thorn in Autodesk's side for more than a year now, since he first pointed out that the California software company's computer-aided drafting (CAD) software keeps Europe's largest coal mine operating. Tech reporter Maddie Stone started looking into it, and found that Autodesk software is used by not only coal mines but also to design oil and gas pipelines, and for all sorts of other extractive purposes. It's a window into a broader discussion around climate accountability and tech these days that asks the question: how do we hold tech companies responsible for the damage their products might do? Read the feature here: https://www.drillednews.com/post/computer-aided-destruction Support our work: https://www.drillednews.com/support-us
Apr 22, 2020
How Big Oil Is Using the Pandemic to Push More Plastic
In a new report, the Center for International Environmental Law looks at the way oil, gas and petrochemical companies are leveraging the pandemic to push policy and increase profits, and whether these efforts will ultimately be successful. Carroll Muffet, one of our S3 experts, joins to walk us through some of the key points of the report, including how the industry is using the pandemic to push more single-use plastics. Read the report: Pandemic Crisis, Systemic Decline: Why Exploiting the COVID-19 Crisis Will Not Save the Oil, Gas, and Plastics Industries  Support our work: https://www.drillednews.com/support-us
Apr 16, 2020
In Colorado, Seniors Held Hostage by Fracking
Because of their proximity to oil and gas operations, residents of Broomfield, Colorado were at risk of exposure to flowback-driven air pollution during shelter-in-place orders, so the city issued an emergency decree for local operations to cease fracking flowback during the pandemic. Extraction Oil filed for a temporary restraining order to block the city's decree. It's the first test of Colorado's 2019 law prioritizing public health and safety over oil and gas production, which allows local governments to set safeguards that are more stringent than state regulations. Climate-COVID-19 policy tracker: https://www.drillednews.com/post/the-climate-covid-19-policy-tracker Support our work: https://www.drillednews.com/support-us
Apr 15, 2020
New Research Shows Fossil Fuels Are Not As Essential As The Industry Would Like You to Believe
Dr. Julia Steinberger, professor of social ecology and ecological economics at the University of Leeds, has published some really interesting research recently debunking some classic fossil fuel narratives around the industry's importance to society and human wellbeing. Here we dig into her latest study, which found that while fossil fuel use has certainly grown GDP, it has had no effect on life expectancy ... in other words the industry's "benefit" has accrued to relatively few humans. Study: "Your Money or Your Life?" Environmental Research Letters https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/ab7461/meta Support our work: https://www.patreon.com/Drilled Transcript: https://www.drillednews.com/post/new-research-questions-societal-benefit-of-fossil-fuels
Apr 07, 2020
Amid the Pandemic Free-for-All, Unlit Flares at Texas Shale Refineries Are Dumping "Unimaginable" Amounts of Methane into the Atmosphere
Field investigator Sharon Wilson has spotted a troubling increase in methane emissions from refineries in the Permian Basin, in Texas. Things went from bad to worse in January 2020, and really blew up in early March ... almost as though they knew regulators wouldn't be watching. Support our work: https://www.patreon.com/Drilled More reporting: https://www.drillednews.com/
Apr 03, 2020
Reporter Justin Mikulka on Why ExxonMobil and Chevron Are the Biggest Opponents to a Shale Gas Bailout
The American Petroleum Institute, ExxonMobil and Chevron have been amongst the biggest opponents to bailouts for shale gas companies as part of the coronavirus relief package. DeSmog's Justin Mikulka joins us to explain why. Support our work: https://www.patreon.com/Drilled Follow Justin's reporting: https://www.desmogblog.com/2020/03/27/shale-bailout-trump-oil-exxon-strategic-petroleum-reserve
Apr 01, 2020
There Will Be Fraud: How the Coronavirus Pandemic Turned into Christmas for Big Oil
The oil and gas industry was headed for broke long before COVID-19. Now the Trump administration wants to use the pandemic to put it on life support, while the American Petroleum Institute uses it to get the industry's deregulation wishlist. Support our work: https://www.patreon.com/Drilled Read more: https://www.drillednews.com/post/will-pandemic-relief-become-a-petroleum-industry-slush-fund More from the ARO Working Group: https://www.arowatch.org/about-arowatch/
Mar 28, 2020
Special Episode—Hot Take: Seeing Climate Through Coronavirus Glasses with David Wallace-Wells
Drilled will be back with bonus episodes soon. In the meantime, check out one of our other climate podcasts, Hot Take. In this episode, hosts Mary Annaise Heglar and Amy Westervelt talk to David Wallace Wells, author of The Uninhabitable Earth and deputy editor of New York magazine, about the intersection of climate change and the coronavirus pandemic. Get ad-free eps and support Drilled's reporting: https://www.patreon.com/Drilled More reporting: https://www.drillednews.com/
Mar 25, 2020
S3, Ep 9: Jay Rosen and Nicholas Johnson on What the Media Can Do About Disinformation
This season we've traced the creation of Big Oil's big propaganda machine. In this episode, the season finale, we look at what can be done about it now that it has delivered us into an era of disinformation. NYU journalism professor Jay Rosen and former FCC commissioner Nicholas Johnson join us to talk about everything from the Fairness Doctrine to cable access to today's "post-fact" world, and where we can really go from here. Special thanks to Mary Catherine O'Conner for additional reporting. Have ideas? Drop us a line! amy@drillednews.com Support us: https://www.patreon.com/Drilled Follow us @WeAreDrilled Get more info & subscribe to our newsletter: https://www.drillednews.com/
Feb 29, 2020
S3, Ep 8: Meet the Harrisons
E. Bruce and Patricia Harrison launched the E. Bruce Harrison Company in 1973 and ran it until 1996, working for a mix of chemical companies, oil & gas companies, and tobacco companies. E. Bruce is considered the father of environmental public relations ... or by his critics, "the godfather of greenwashing." Together the Harrisons ran multiple cross-industry coalitions and front groups, aimed primarily at stopping regulation on everything from smoking to carbon emissions. Today, Ms. Harrison is the president and CEO of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a position she's held since 2005. Documents & Transcript: https://www.drillednews.com/post/new-documents-link-tobacco-oil-and-public-media Support us: https://www.patreon.com/Drilled
Feb 28, 2020
S3, Ep 7: John Hill and the Tobacco-Oil-Plastic Triangle
John Hill, founder of Hill & Knowlton, was an Ivy Lee devotee who worked for Standard Oil in the 1930s, strategized against labor movements and the New Deal, and wound up representing the American Petroleum Institute and the Tobacco Industry Research Committee—a fake research group formed by the CEOs of all the major tobacco companies in the 1950s—at the very same time. His manipulation skills were so good they even fooled the legendary Edward R. Murrow. Support us: https://www.patreon.com/Drilled Read more: https://www.drillednews.com/ Transcript: https://www.dropbox.com/scl/fi/mgd5kxkoivm4059v8r0k3/S3_Ep7.docx?dl=0&rlkey=9v7b500bkpvcx577a9juco4hb
Feb 27, 2020
S3, Ep 6: Manipulating the Masses and Predicting the Future—Edward Bernays and W. Howard Chase
Sigmund Freud's nephew, Edward Bernays, coined the term "public relations" when propaganda started to become a negative term. His specialty was using psychological know-how to manipulate the masses and orchestrate cultural shifts in his clients' favor (clients like Standard Oil, the American Tobacco Company, and General Motors). A few decades later, W. Howard Chase built onto that foundation with the idea of issues management—predicting an industry's potential issues, and manipulating political, social, and cultural forces to neutralize them. Chase is responsible for one of the best-known examples of greenwashing, the so-called "crying Indian ad," which introduced the idea of "litter bugs" and individual responsibility for pollution. Support us: https://www.patreon.com/Drilled Read more: www.drillednews.com Transcript: https://www.dropbox.com/s/to0gvv8bco37xm0/S3_Ep6.docx?dl=0 Subscribe to Heated: http://www.heated.world
Feb 25, 2020
We Interrupt This Podcast for New Research + Emily Atkin and Guardian CEO Anna Bateson on Banning Fossil Fuel Ads
We'll be back with more Mad Men tales next week, we promise! While we're out chasing leads, listen to this great interview from Emily Atkin with The Guardian's interim CEO Anna Bateson about that publication's decision to stop taking ads from fossil fuel companies. Support us: https://www.patreon.com/Drilled Transcript and more info here: https://www.drillednews.com/ Subscribe to Heated: https://heated.world/subscribe Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/WeAreDrilled
Feb 18, 2020
S3, Ep 5: Oil Slick, Part 2—False Equivalence and Free Speech
In part two of our episode on former Mobil VP Herb Schmertz, we dig into how Schmertz's approach bred false equivalence, and why he pushed so hard for the extension of First Amendment rights to corporations. Support us: https://www.patreon.com/Drilled More info: www.drillednews.com Transcript: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/gxt69wolj570ghu/AACi6NovOxbn5VryZmpCfhM1a?dl=0 Subscribe to our sister newsletter, Heated: https://heated.world/ Check out our sister podcast, Hot Take: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/hot-take/id1488414960
Feb 11, 2020
S3, Ep 4: Oil Slick, Part 1—The Rise of the Corporate Persona
Mobil Oil's longtime PR guy Herb Schmertz really started to aggressively manipulate the media. He introduced so many new bells and whistles to Big Oil's propaganda apparatus, we're going to stay with his story for two episodes. In Part 1: Corporate personhood. First Schmertz worked to humanize oil companies by creating the "corporate persona" then he fought for First Amendment rights to be extended to corporations. Support us: https://www.patreon.com/Drilled More reporting: https://www.drillednews.com Transcripts: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/gxt69wolj570ghu/AACi6NovOxbn5VryZmpCfhM1a?dl=0
Feb 04, 2020
S3, Ep 3: Psychological Warfare, Astroturfing, and Another Tobacco-Oil Connection
Daniel Edelman learned the tools of his trade combatting Nazi propaganda in WWII, then came home and put his psychological warfare training to work for American industry, including tobacco and Big Oil. Support us: https://www.patreon.com/Drilled Transcript: https://www.dropbox.com/s/w1dbm5y4q1xaskl/S3Ep3_Transcript.docx?dl=0
Jan 28, 2020
S3, Ep 2: The Oil-Nazi-Propaganda Triangle
Ivy Lee worked with Standard Oil and the Rockefellers for the rest of his life, helping to establish the American Petroleum Institute in 1919, and working for the company's various joint ventures as well, including a petrochemicals partnership with German chemical giant IG Farben. That job, later in his life, took Lee to Germany, to meet with Goebbels and Hitler and give them advice on dealing with the American press. He was under investigation by Congress for his role in Nazi propaganda at the time of his death. Lee's work creating and building the API was one of his most important contributions to fossil fuel propaganda, it's the foundation on which the next 100 years was built. Support us: https://www.patreon.com/Drilled Read more: https://www.drillednews.com/ Follow us: https://twitter.com/WeAreDrilled Extra tidbits in the Heated newsletter, subscribe here: https://heated.world/
Jan 21, 2020
S3, Ep 1: The Father of Public Relations
In this season we're tackling Big Oil's big propaganda machine—its origins, the spin masters who created it, and why it's been so effective. It all began more than 100 years ago with Standard Oil, John D. Rockefeller and his son, a bloody miners' strike, and the very first P.R. guy, who swooped in to clean it all up. Support us: https://www.patreon.com/Drilled Read more: https://www.drillednews.com/ Extra tidbits in the Heated newsletter: https://heated.world/ Follow us: https://twitter.com/WeAreDrilled
Jan 21, 2020
S3: The Mad Men of Climate Denial
Big Oil gave Hitler propaganda tips decades ago and their PR machine has only grown from there. This season we dig into the history of fossil fuel propaganda and the few "Mad Men of climate denial" who shaped it. Coming January 2020.
Dec 05, 2019
Youth Climate Suits and Inter-generational Injustice
In the Juliana vs. The United States case, a group of young people sued the government for incentivizing increased fossil fuel dependence, thereby robbing the next generation of the pursuit for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The suit has been active for years now, and a handful of other youth suits have joined it. This year a group of young people, including Greta Thunberg, filed a complaint with the United Nations that top fossil fuel-producing countries were violating the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. As both move forward, they we take a look at how these suits differ from climate liability cases, what makes them so compelling, and where they might head next. Support us: https://www.patreon.com/Drilled
Nov 28, 2019
Recap: ExxonMobil's New York Fraud Trial
New York's fraud trial against ExxonMobil closed November 7th. Reporter Emily Gertz and Union of Concerned Scientist's Kathy Mulvey watched it closely and bring us their takes on this trial and Exxon's next fraud trial, in Massachusetts.  Support us: https://www.patreon.com/Drilled
Nov 08, 2019
Fake Reporters and #FakeNews: How Fossil Fuel Companies Hide Behind Energy Blogs
A look at how those fossil fuel-backed deception campaigns are continuing today, behind a couple layers of energy industry organizations, alliances, and "news" sites. Documentation: Western Energy Alliance 990, showing global oil execs on its board: https://pdf.guidestar.org/PDF_Images/2016/840/700/2016-840700841-0e72e02b-9O.pdf More on the formation of Energy In Depth: https://www.desmogblog.com/%E2%80%98energy-depth%E2%80%99-was-created-major-oil-and-gas-companies-according-industry-memo Support us: https://www.patreon.com/Drilled
Sep 03, 2019
Big Oil Is Ramping Up PR Spend and Oil Production
Two new reports highlight that, since the Paris Agreement in 2016, the fossil fuel industry has ramped up both oil production and greenwashing. Plus: why the heck are mainstream media outlets making Big Oil's ads for them?  Support us: https://www.patreon.com/Drilled
Aug 15, 2019
S2E6: Facing Extinction
As the crabbers' 2018-2019 season comes to an abrupt close, they prepare for a year that could see the fishery close altogether. Meanwhile the oil industry is pushing to quash the crabbers' climate suit, forcing the question: Which industries do we protect, and which do we let go? As natural resources are increasingly impacted by climate change, who will pick the winners and losers and how will we survive?  Support us: https://www.patreon.com/Drilled
May 20, 2019
S2E5 David vs. Goliath
As the first industry to sue Big Oil, the West Coast crab fishery is likely to meet an even tougher fight than the states, counties, and cities trying to hold the fossil fuel industry accountable. Oil companies are arguing a First Amendment defense and pointing out that commercial fishermen are themselves consumers of fossil fuels, but it remains to be seen whether those arguments stick, especially in a world increasingly educated and worried about climate change.  Support us: https://www.patreon.com/Drilled
May 13, 2019
S2E4 Taking Big Oil to Court
As the crabbers' lawsuit against the world's 30 largest fossil fuel producers is filed, we take a look at the evidence, and what exactly sent crabbers—particularly more conservative ones—to court.  Support us: https://www.patreon.com/Drilled
May 06, 2019
S2E3: Two Lawsuits at Once, Both Driven by Climate Change
Now facing annual closures due to climate change, crabbers learn some new information that spurs them to become the first industry to sue Big Oil.  Support us: https://www.patreon.com/Drilled
Apr 29, 2019
S2E2: A Late Season and a Shaky Future
As the 2015 delay wears on, and holiday markets come and go, crabbers are getting desperate. Some are forced out of business, others worry that this is the new normal.  Support us: https://www.patreon.com/Drilled
Apr 22, 2019
S2E1: A Crisis, a Cover-Up, and a Community on the Front Lines of Climate Change
In 2015, West Coast crab fishermen were shut down by climate change. Atmospheric changes had warmed waters and upended everything from the food chain to ocean upwelling. They didn't realize it would be their new normal, or that scientists had been telling the oil industry this would happen since the 1960s. Welcome to season 2 of Drilled: Hot Water.  Support us: https://www.patreon.com/Drilled
Apr 22, 2019
Coming Soon: Hot Water, a New Drilled Series
In 2015 a warm water "blob," the result of both warming oceans and shifting wind patterns, wreaked havoc on West Coast fishing towns. Three years into a new reality in which climate change has shifted the marine food web, they're fighting back. West Coast crab fishermen just became the first industry to take on Big Oil for its role in not only contributing to climate change but creating climate denial. Get the full story of these unlikely climate activists in a new six-part series, dropping April 22nd. 
Apr 03, 2019
Big Oil's New Story: The First Amendment Covers Climate Denial
In a batch of aggressive countersuits, Exxon is accusing the counties, cities, and states of conspiring to quash its First Amendment rights to political speech. It's an idea with a long and twisting history that we dig into in this episode. Support us: https://www.patreon.com/Drilled
Feb 05, 2019
Winning the War
Fossil fuel industry influence campaigns ensured that we lost a critical 30 years not taking action on climate change. But all is not lost. The technology to address climate change exists, and if there's one thing history teaches us about America it's that radical social change is entirely possible here.  Support us: https://www.patreon.com/Drilled
Nov 18, 2018
Campaigns So Successful They've Landed in Court
The fossil fuel industry's decades-long information war was so successful that even though oil companies themselves began publicly accepting climate science years ago, the public remains skeptical. Fewer Americans believe in the need to act on climate today than did 30 years ago, despite insurmountable evidence. Industry campaigns were so successful they've now landed oil companies in court, facing multiple suits attempting to hold them accountable for the damages inflicted by unchecked climate change.  Support us: https://www.patreon.com/Drilled
Nov 17, 2018
The First Step to Influencing Policy: Setting Research Agendas
If you unravel climate policy back to its origins, eventually you get to academic research. Although oil companies dramatically reduced their own scientific research on climate in the 1990s, by the early 2000s they began funding research centers at prestigious universities throughout the country, subtly shaping the research that any eventual policy would be based upon.  Support us: https://www.patreon.com/Drilled
Nov 17, 2018
Aggressive Think Tanks, Shouty Pundits, and a New Religious Argument
To make media manipulation and lobbying truly effective, oil companies and their public relations firms also had to shift the culture, influencing everything from civil discourse to how religious groups viewed the issue of climate change.  Support us: https://www.patreon.com/Drilled
Nov 17, 2018
Exploiting Scientists' Kryptonite: Certainty
In addition to using journalists' views on their own objectivity against them, oil companies exploited various weaknesses in science, namely scientists' tendency toward not prioritizing or valuing good communication skills, and their absolute refusal to be certain about anything.  Support us: https://www.patreon.com/Drilled
Nov 17, 2018
Weaponizing False Equivalence
As climate disinformation campaigns ramped up in the 1990s, oil companies and their PR firms exploited weaknesses in the U.S. media system and propped up "contrarian" scientists to push the narrative of scientific uncertainty and shift how journalists covered the issue.  Support us: https://www.patreon.com/Drilled
Nov 16, 2018
The Turn
As the price of oil dipped in the early 1980s, management changed at most oil companies and the industry as a whole became more concerned with preserving its core business than expanding in new directions and being "energy companies." Then the campaigns to undermine the science began.  Support us: https://www.patreon.com/Drilled
Nov 15, 2018
The Bell Labs of Energy
In the 1970s and early 1980s, Exxon wanted to be the Bell Labs of energy. It hired brilliant scientists who conducted cutting-edge research on everything from the "greenhouse effect" to renewable energy. At the time, there was bipartisan support around the idea of tackling global warming, and a sense that American innovation was up to the task. To see the documents referenced in this episode, check out the timeline on drilledpodcast.com.  Support us: https://www.patreon.com/Drilled
Nov 14, 2018
Drilled: A True Crime Podcast about Climate Change
Launching November 14th, Drilled is a limited series investigative true-crime podcast about the crime of the century: the creation of climate denial.
Oct 21, 2018